In September 2014, the tender for the designer and general contractor of the new deepwater quay at DCT Gdansk was awarded . The best bid was submitted by N.V. BESIX.
The BESIX Group, whose largest subsidiary is N.V. BESIX S.A., is engaged in major port, infrastructure and road projects. Among the Group's largest investments are the expansion of the Port of Las Raffan in Qatar, the construction of a quay and deepening of the Port of Sohar in Oman, the construction of new quay walls and deepening of Port Amazone Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and the expansion of the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. As a consortium partner, N.V. BESIX was responsible for the modernization of the South Hook LNG terminal in the United Kingdom. Worth more than €250 million, the project included the demolition of existing structures, the renovation and modernization of the quay, and the construction of a new 200-meter pier extension with double-sided berths. The company operates in Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Australia.
In early November 2014, the process of raising financing for the development of DCT Gdansk was completed. A group of commercial and development-supporting banks has secured €200 million for the construction of a second deep-water container quay.
In early January 2015, DCT Gdansk handed over the construction site to the Belgian company N.V. BESIX-the general contractor and designer of the new terminal. The construction phase of the second quay, capable of handling several vessels simultaneously, including the world's largest container ships, has officially begun. Construction work, including site preparation, is planned for 19 months.
The construction of the second quay at DCT Gdansk, which will be ready to accommodate the first ship by the end of 2016, is a response to the growing demand for handling deepwater ocean-going vessels in the CEE region. The new 650-meter-long quay will double the terminal's handling capacity, from 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot containers) to 3 million TEUs per year in the first phase of expansion. The new quay will be equipped with 5 STS cranes and additional handling equipment capable of handling vessels with a capacity of more than 18,000 TEUs.
The DCT Gdansk team, our shareholders, customers and people who support the T2 construction project have been waiting for this day for more than two years. Getting to this stage has not been easy, but today we can be proud to have taken a significant step for the Polish container sector. With the second deepwater berth at DCT, capable of handling several vessels simultaneously, including the largest container ships in the world, Poland, along with the entire Baltic region, has gained a new quality in handling ocean connections," commented Maciek Kwiatkowski, CEO of DCT Gdansk.
On May 15, 2015, the construction of the second deep-water quay at DCT Gdansk (T2) became a reality. Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, officially inaugurated the start of construction of the new terminal. During the celebration, a specially designed time capsule was buried, containing a message about the importance of the investment and the impact DCT Gdansk has on the development of the Region. The capsule was buried at the construction site of the new quay. Its location will be commemorated with a plaque placed on the terminal site. The inauguration of the construction of the second wharf was preceded by a panel discussion on the impact of Australian investments in the development of Poland and the region more broadly. The main issue discussed during the meeting was the impact of innovation as a factor accelerating economic growth in Poland. Participants in the discussion tried to answer the question of whether Australian investments in logistics and energy can promote the development of Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. The discussion was organized jointly with the Australian Embassy and Austrade - the Australian Trade Commission.
EQUIPMENT ON T2
DCT Gdansk's second quay will be equipped with 5 STS Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. yard cranes, 16 RTG yard cranes and additional equipment.
TERMINAL SPECIFICATION (THE T1 AND T2 BERTHS)
Annual terminal capacity:
Annual capacity of the railway siding:
2x 650 m long, up to 16.5 m deep
4 tracks of the total length of 2.5 km
Terminal Operating System:
SPECIFICATION OF STS CRANES AT THE T2 BERTH
70m/min (83 tonnes = 65 tonnes + 18 tonnes - spreader)
The speed of an empty spreader:
175m/min (18 tonnes - spreader)
Total path of the trolley:
Total path of the spreader:
Height under the spreader above the waterside rail:
Spacing (distance between the centre of the rails):